For Veterans/Military Personnel

For Veterans/Military Personnel


Blue Star Families has developed a series of PSAs for active-duty military personnel and their families. View the entire series on BSF’s YouTube channel.

In recent years, veteran mental health issues have come to the forefront of the public consciousness, and with them the problem of veteran suicide. The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network is working with Veteran’s Administration across the state to address suicide prevention among veterans and other members of the military community.

This portion of our website offers the several resources for current and former members of the United States military and their loved ones. The most important being below. Use the menu to the right for additional resources. Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-TALK, Veterans Press 1. For immediate crisis services, The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has founded a national suicide prevention hotline to ensure veterans in emotional crisis have free, 24/7 access to trained counselors.

To operate the Veterans Hotline, the VA partnered with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Veterans can call the Lifeline number, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), and press “1” to be routed to the Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline. Staff members are specially trained to take calls from military veterans and its staffed 24 hours a day, everyday. While all operators are trained to help veterans, some are also former military personnel. All callers will be connected to most appropriate resources.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline also has an extensive amount of resources on the website for veterans. Please click here to access the page which includes a 24/7 Live Chat option as well as a resource locator, enrollment and benefits information, etc.

Tennessee contacts for Veteran’s Administration Hospitals Suicide Prevention Coordinators

Renee Brown

Memphis
(901) 523-8990, extension 5873
renee.brown3@va.gov

Pam Willis

Mountain Home
(423) 926-1171, extension 2837
pamela.willis@va.gov

Paul D. Fisher

Murfreesboro
(615) 867-6000, extension 23926
paul.fisher3@va.gov

Debbie Cohan

Knoxville
(865) 545-4592, extension 213
debra.cohan@va.gov

Leslie Murray

Tennessee Valley
(615) 873-6074
leslie.murray@va.gov

Kentucky contacts for Veteran’s Administration hospitals Suicide Prevention Coordinators

Barbara Kaminer

Louisville
(502) 287-4011
barbara.kaminer@va.gov

Sandra Roe

Lexington
(859) 233-4511, extension 3233
sandra.roe1@va.gov

Tennessee’s local Vet Centers

Chattanooga

951 Eastgate Loop Road, Building 5700, Suite 300
Chattanooga, TN 37411
(423) 855-6570
(423) 855-6575

Memphis

1835 Union, Suite 100
Memphis, TN 38104
(901) 544-0173
(901) 544-0179

Johnson City

1615A Market Street
Johnson City, TN 37604
(423) 928-8387
(423) 928-6320

Nashville

1420 Donelson Pike, Suite A-5
Nashville, TN 37217
(615) 366-1220
(615) 366-1351

Knoxville

2817 East Magnolia Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37914
(865) 545-4680
(865) 545-4198

Normal working hours at all centers are 8 AM – 4:30 PM Monday through Friday. In an effort to better serve veterans and family members, Vet Centers may provide services after normal work hours and/or on weekends upon request.

Online Screening Tools

Depression Screening
This screening mechanism is sponsored by PsyCom Depression Awareness Group, anon-profit organization.

Online Resources

Help for Active Duty Military
National Guard/Veteran Resources
Help for Military Families